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Secure Miami 2020 featuring Hector Monsegur as Keynote Speaker

Registration Now Open!

Join us on Saturday, February 8th as we bring together top cybersecurity experts to provide thought-provoking discussions and interactive presentations in our high-quality networking forum.

This year’s conference theme “Expect a Breach: Don’t Sleep on Cyber” will explore innovations in cybersecurity automation, diversity of incident response plans across organizations, and the impact of a breach.

Complimentary Secure Miami conference pass includes free admission to Brew Miami, Miami’s hottest craft beer and food festival.

Earn a certificate of Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs) for attending Secure Miami Conference.

MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 

Hector Monsegur Chief Researcher, Rhino Security Labs, Former Hacktivist

Hector “Sabu” Monsegur is the most controversial hacker of this generation and the former defacto head of Anonymous/ LulzSec and lastly a high profile Federal informant. Monsegur’s story is more tangled and complicated than many know. He grew up in the projects on the Lower East Side of New York in a family trapped in a world of poverty and drugs. His mother left him when he was young which led to a close relationship with the rest of his family and the eventual adoption of his two nieces whom he raised from when they were little girls.

Trying to find a better life for himself and his nieces, Monsegur found that his computer skills could empower him far above his socioeconomic barriers and his 9th grade education – but also led him into the dark world of hacking. Monsegur ruled the “hacktivist” scene breaching targets almost daily – from Nintendo, to News Corp, to PayPal/VISA/Mastercard, to Middle Eastern governments and to the very security firms supposedly protecting against hackers like him. That is until the FBI closed in…

     

About Secure Miami Conference

Florida International University (FIU), one of the top research institutions in the U.S., and Digital Era Group, a world-class cybersecurity provider in South Florida, partner together to host the inaugural cybersecurity conference, SECURE MIAMI, with the goal to educate individuals about the latest security threats and strategies as well as stimulate interest among the local IT security workforce.

Secure Miami has rapidly become South Florida’s can’t-miss security event of the year – drawing over 200 IT security executives and professionals in its third edition on February 2019.

For more information, visit: www.securemiami.com.

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Questions? info@securemiami.com 

Inside the List: DigitalEra Group Fights Against Ransomware

As published by the South Florida Business Journal, check out the following interview done to DigitalEra Group’s President & CEO, Patrick Dyer.

MIAMI, FL. – October 11, 2019 – As DigitalEra prepares to celebrate its 20th year of business, the company can boast rapid growth.

With a near 25% increase in revenue between 2017 and 2018, the Miami-based technology company is one of the fastest-growing in the region.

“We really want to solve the problems of our customers, and keep them safe [from the threat of ransomware],” co-founder and CEO Patrick Dyer said. “I think that’s one of the main factors that helps us grow.”

DigitalEra, which describes itself as a cybersecurity integrator, provided solutions and protections for large companies across various industries.

Dyer always knew he’d work in technology. “It’s in my DNA,” he said. “My father has been a technology guy all his life. I started my career in tech with a company he created.”

Dyer worked at Microsoft before realizing that being in the corporate tech world wasn’t the right fit for him.

“I wanted to be an entrepreneur, and I told my father that I think there’s an opportunity around cybersecurity,” he said.

In 2000, Dyer and his father, Cliff, co-founded DigitalEra. Dyer admits that the timing wasn’t the best. It was just after the start of the dot-com crash of 2000, but they pushed forward with their business.

“One of our advantages has actually been that we are a boutique shop,” he said. “Technology moves so fast that you really have to be nimble and ready for change, and being boutique allowed us to be a chameleon and change when we needed to.”

DigitalEra most recently pivoted its focus on service by opening managed security and incident response practices. They allow the company to be “in the battlefield,” Dyer said, and really see what’s going on in cybersecurity from a different angle.

Like many of his peers, Dyer anticipates that the threat of ransomware will not disappear anytime soon. He worries that one of the underlying problems in cybersecurity isn’t being addressed.

“There is a problem on the supply chain side,” he said. “A lot of products are being manufactured in different countries where malware is sometimes embedded during the process.”

Despite his concerns, Dyer is confident about the future of the industry and his business.

“This is our passion,” he said. “The threat of ransomware isn’t going away, and neither is our desire to fight against it.”

About DigitalEra

DigitalEra is a leading solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services, serving major business, education and governmental agencies throughout the US. In addition to access to the most sophisticated and effective security products, DigitalEra provides expert guidance on use as well as ongoing security council and insights that help their clients prevent security breaches and mitigate threats. For more information, visit: www.digitaleragroup.com.

Follow DigitalEra Group: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About South Florida Business Journal 

The South Florida Business Journal is the leading business news outlet covering Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. The company’s mission is to provide business intelligence online and in print to help subscribers grow their business, advance their careers and simplify their professional lives. SFBJ is one of 42 business publications owned by American City Business Journals. www.https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/ 

DigitalEra Named on South Florida Business Journal’s Fast Tech: The Top Fastest Growing Tech Companies

   

Miami, Florida, October 11, 2019 – The South Florida Business Journal has named DigitalEra among the Top Fastest-Growing Tech Companies. DigitalEra is a premier IT security solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services based in Miami, Florida. The companies honored by South Florida Business Journal were ranked based on revenue percentage growth and by dollar growth from 2017 to 2018.

According to the South Florida Business Journal‘s “The List” of fastest-growing technology companies by dollar growth, DigitalEra comes in at #8 out of 10 companies. In addition, DigitalEra was also named in “The List” of fastest-growing technology companies by percentage growth, ranking at #12 out of 15 companies.

The ranking was announced at the Fast 2019 Technology Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 10th at the Signature Grand in Davie, FL. Companies named with the Fast Tech Awards reported year-over-year revenue growth and have been in business for at least three years.

“It’s an honor to be recognized on the South Florida Business Journal Fastest-Growing Technology companies. Our growth these past few years has been exponential and this recognition reinforces the great work we’ve done,” said Patrick Dyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of DigitalEra. “We look forward to our continued growth by delivering service excellence, as we continue to work closely with clients to improve their overall cybersecurity risk posture and resilience and become their one-stop cybersecurity shop”.

About DigitalEra

DigitalEra is a leading solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services, serving major business, education and governmental agencies throughout the US. In addition to access to the most sophisticated and effective security products, DigitalEra provides expert guidance on use as well as ongoing security council and insights that help their clients prevent security breaches and mitigate threats. For more information, visit: www.digitaleragroup.com.

Follow DigitalEra Group: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About South Florida Business Journal 

The South Florida Business Journal is the leading business news outlet covering Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. The company’s mission is to provide business intelligence online and in print to help subscribers grow their business, advance their careers and simplify their professional lives. SFBJ is one of 42 business publications owned by American City Business Journals. www.https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/ 

DigitalEra Named Cylance Cybersecurity Partner of the Year

Award recognizes Digitalera as a solution provider for CylancePROTECT®, the industry’s first AI-driven pre-execution endpoint security product.

DigitalEra, a premier IT security technology provider in South Florida, announced today that it has received the coveted “Cybersecurity Partner of the Year” Award from Cylance Inc. The award, which covers North America, specifically recognizes DigitalEra for its security strength and prowess in the cybersecurity community. Cylance has recently gained recognition as the company that revolutionized traditional antivirus with AI-powered prevention that blocks both every day and today’s most advanced cyberthreats.

“DigitalEra stands out as a prime example of an agent of change.” said Didi Dayton, VP of Worldwide Channels for Cylance. “They’re helping customers transform their security risk posture to defend against the constantly changing threat landscape with solutions that work to stop new threats like Ransomware, leveraging Cylance product and services offerings. We look forward to more great strides with Digitalera in preventing cyberattacks and cybercrime in the region.”

Cylance’s Artificial Intelligence-driven Technology Unlocks the Code.

Cylance’s breakthrough product, CylancePROTECT, has been shown by third-party testing agencies to be dramatically more effective at preventing both advanced persistent threats and everyday malware from executing on network endpoints. At the heart of CylancePROTECT is a transformational detection and blocking system based on artificial intelligence, a radically different technological approach to cybersecurity. Cylance eliminates the need for traditional antivirus software, anti-exploit products, whitelisting solutions and host-based intrusion detection and prevention systems.

DigitalEra to Clients: Cylance a Groundbreaking Endpoint Solution.

 “We are truly honored by this award”, said Patrick Dyer, President and CEO of DigitalEra Group.  “Cylance’s solutions are groundbreaking in the global cybersecurity landscape. They’ve rapidly moved to the top of the Gartner Magic quadrant for Endpoint Protection platforms amidst some of the most highly recognizable security brands.  We’re thrilled to partner with Cylance in delivering this powerful solution to our clients, and pleased to be recognized for our partnership.”  DigitalEra is currently providing risk assessments and demo-tours on how CylancePROTECT works.

Cylance: The Stakes Have Never Been Higher.

Cybercrime is a serious threat to industry, government, education and healthcare institutions. Organizations all over the globe have been subject to an increasing number of cyberattacks at the endpoint, crippling operations and resulting in millions of dollars in destroyed networks, lost revenues, ransom, and worse.  “Our mission at Cylance is to protect every endpoint on the planet,” said Dayton. “Forward-thinking, trusted cybersecurity partners like DigitalEra and their robust network of clients and security are essential to meeting that goal.”

About DigitalEra and Cylance:

DigitalEra is a leading solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services, serving major business, education and governmental agencies throughout the US. In addition to access to the most sophisticated and effective security products, DigitalEra provides expert guidance on use as well as ongoing security counsel and insights that help their clients prevent security breaches and mitigate threats. For more information, visit: www.digitaleragroup.com

Cylance is the only company to offer a preventive cybersecurity solution that stops over 99.9% of advanced threats and malware at the most vulnerable point: the endpoint. Applying a revolutionary artificial intelligence approach, CylancePROTECT, analyzes the DNA of code prior to its execution to find and prevent threats others can’t, while using a fraction of the system resources associated with anti-virus and detect and respond solutions deployed in enterprises today.   For more information, visit: www.cylance.com.   

The Problem with Firmware

Guest blog | José González, CEO – Trapezoid, Inc.

Would you secure your windows and doors but leave the basement door wide open?

Well, that’s what organizations are doing with firmware.

Simply put, firmware is the unmonitored and unprotected layer at the bottom of the computer code stack. While existing security tools have a done great job focusing on application and operating system levels, firmware has been overlooked.  Exacerbating the problem: Firmware has the most permissions of any code on your system, which increases the impact of an attack. Firmware is everywhere; from the largest data center to the smallest networked LED light bulb. It is the most powerful code on any system because it controls how other code on a device interacts with its hardware (keyboard, screen, storage, network). Compromised firmware can corrupt or steal data, spy on your environment or even destroy the system it is controlling.

How firmware gets compromised

Compromised firmware takes two forms: bad actors installing malware posing as legitimate firmware on systems, or manufacturers discovering vulnerabilities in their firmware and publishing updates. Compromised firmware can shut down your operations by taking out your critical infrastructure. Unmonitored firmware exposes enterprises to an unacceptable level of risk for devastating financial harm to businesses and life-threatening consequences for consumers. You don’t have to look far for examples of firmware attacks and breaches – they’re in the news daily. From devastating attacks on global routers and national powergrids, to vulnerabilities in medical devices, government and business networks, home computers and devices, smartphones and handheld devices…virtually anything that is part of the “Internet of things”. Because this is a very real risk, all the major cybersecurity and compliance frameworks include controls dictating best practices around firmware patch management, and many include controls for continuous monitoring of firmware integrity. Why do so many organizations leave firmware out of their cybersecurity program?

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Some do not know these controls exist and apply directly to them.  Others mistakenly believe their existing security tools (e.g. AV or file integrity monitoring) already address firmware integrity and related controls.  Still others understand the risk, but  lack commercially available tools to effectively monitor firmware. The reality is that regardless of your industry sector, if your aim is to follow cybersecurity and compliance best practices, then you do need a continuous firmware integrity monitoring solution. While traditional security tools do not address this space, Trapezoid’s Firmware Integrity Verification Engine (“T-5”) is expressly designed to help you protect the integrity of your firmware.

The next generation of firmware protection is here

T-5 closes the “basement door” while providing you visibility into an area previously uninspected. It continuously monitors and alerts on changes in firmware integrity, quickly identifies systems that need patching – and provides threat updates for you to stay on top of newly discovered vulnerabilities. T-5 acts like a firmware DVR to forensically prove to auditors the state of the integrity of your infrastructure from the time T-5 begins monitoring.  Because it integrates with existing security tools, T-5 brings visibility of the firmware space, which those tools currently cannot see. Moreover, T-5 meets cyber security compliance controls such as HIPAA, HITRUST, NIST CSF, FISMA/FedRAMP, PCI-DSS, ISO/IEC 20001 and the FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool. One thing is clear, the proliferation of the connected devices is not slowing down, and neither are hackers. T-5 is the advanced level of firmware integrity protection you need for all your assets that support your operations, systems, information, finances, revenue streams and people.

For more information on firmware risks and Trapezoid5, visit Trapezoid.com.